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GBP/AUD – Where Next? (Daniel Johnson)

Brexit Extension

Since December the Pound has been losing value against the Australian Dollar. Sterling reached its highest level against the Aussie yesterday since the 2016 referendum. This was following the news that a Brexit no deal had been taken off the table until 29th March combined with the news that MPs have now voted to extend Article 50 in order to come up with a mutually acceptable deal between the UK and the EU.

The Australian economy is currently experiencing problems which is proving to be another catalyst for the rise in GBP/AUD. Consumer confidence, business confidence and housing loans data all showed a decline. Australia’s heavy reliance on China purchasing it’s goods and services is hurting the Aussie as Chinese growth, although still impressive has slowed quite considerably since the US/China trade war commenced. It was announced yesterday that China’s industrial output fell to its lowest level in 17 years during the first two months of 2019, unemployment has also been on the rise. There is the potential that Chinese President, Xi JinPing and US President, Donald Trump could come to an agreement at the end of the month and cease tariffs which could boost investor confidence and in turn strengthen AUD.

Will the RBA minutes give an insight into future Monetary Policy?

Although Brexit will continue to be the key driver on GBP/AUD there are plenty of other factors that can have an impact on the currency pair. On Tuesday morning, during the early hours the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will release minutes following the recent interest rate decision where rates were kept on hold at 1.5%. The RBA have already hinted at potential rate cuts and if this is mentioned again we can expect further Australian Dollar weakness.

Next Thursday has the potential to cause market movement with the release of RBA Bulletin and unemployment figures for February. If the data arrives away from expectation expect volatility.

Personally, I think the Aussie could be in for a tough time due to the increasing problems surrounding the economy, I haven’t even touch on the housing price bubble. If it is announced there is a deal on the Irish Border I would expect significant Sterling strength. I feel Pound is currently chronically undervalued. If I was sitting on Aussies I would not be hanging around for improvements considering risk versus reward.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. It is crucial to be in touch with an experienced broker when the market is currently so hard to predict. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. Have faith knowing you will be dealing with a brokerage in business for over 18yrs, Foreign Currency Direct Plc. We are a no risk entity as we do not speculate on the market and we are registered with the FCA. If you have a currency provider take a minute to send over the rates they offer and I am confident I can demonstrate a significant saving. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk .

 

 

 

 

 

Could the Australian dollar weaken further?

The Australian dollar has been weaker in the latest few weeks as investors fears over the Trade Wars remain, plus the expectations on the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia, increase to potentially cut the interest rate in the future. There has been a growing expectation that perhaps the Australian central bank has been under estimating the extent to which they would need to cut interest rates in the future, based on the ever-changing global developments. If you are looking to buy or sell Australian dollars in the coming days and weeks an awareness of all of these options and outcomes is sensible.

The market is looking like it could be in for a rollercoaster ahead for the Australian dollar as a series of events develop overseas and at home to trigger volatility. One of the key aspects of the Trade Wars is that in disrupting global trade, they are putting pressure on the global economy which will ultimately lead to a weaker Australian currency. Australia’s economy is heavily reliant on the global economy performing well which will support strong demand for the export of their raw materials.

Overall, there is a belief that the Australian dollar is destined to lose value over the longer term, this is evidenced by its recent weakness which will only continue should the market continue to be faced with the evidence of a slowing global economy.

There is important economic news ahead for the Australian dollar with key information released this week on Consumer Inflation Expectations and National Australia Bank Business confidence figures. This will all be seen in the light of the ongoing developments with the US and China trade wars which had been more positive, but just lately have seen uncertainties creep back.

If you have an important currency transfer to make, being prepared is key in this market where events can quickly and suddenly change and unfold. If you would like to run through or discuss the market or our services, then please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss further.

Thank you for reading and please contact me Jonathan on jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Will the Pound increase after the Brexit vote next week?

The Australian Dollar has continued to struggle recently against the Pound hitting the best rate to buy Australian Dollars since June 2016 this week.

Since the lowest point in December the Pound has improved by as much as AUD14,500 on a currency transfer of £100,000 highlighting the importance of keeping up to date with current events both in the UK and Australia.

The Reserve Bank of Australia have continued to remain in a rather neutral position concerning monetary policy by keeping interest rates on hold earlier this week.

The Australian economy has continued to show signs of concern during recent months and this is clearly being reflected in what is happening with the Australian Dollar at the moment.

The Australian economy is also heavily reliant on both growth and demand in China and with the world’s second largest economy slowing down this is causing the Australian Dollar to weaken.

Problems with coal coming in to China from Australia have hit the headlines recently and it appears to be only directed at Australia rather than other countries who trade with China so is this a political move by the Chinese who are maybe punishing Australia for their support to the US concerning the recent Trade Wars between the US and China?

Turning the focus back towards what is happening in the UK and we have a number of key votes due to take place in the House of Commons surrounding Brexit.

On March 12th the House of Commons will hold their ‘meaningful vote’ about what MPs think of the current Brexit deal on offer. The likelihood is that it will be voted against and this means the following day will see a vote on whether or not MPs will back a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Therefore, I expect a huge amount of volatility on GBPAUD exchange rates and could this see the Pound break past 1.90 against the Australian Dollar.

I have worked for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers for over 16 years and I’m confident that I can save you money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank so if you would like a free quote then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

 

AUD Forecast – Australian Economic Output Continues to Heap Pressure on the AUD (Matthew Vassallo)

The AUD has been under growing pressure of late, with the Pound finding plenty of support above 1.85.

Australia’s economy remains stagnated, with concerns over global trade and uninspiring growth figures, handicapping any sustainable advances for the AUD.

This period of relative economic downturn is causing investors to shy away from the AUD, which like all commodity-based currencies is struggling to maintain its levels, due to investors risk appetite being minimal.

Yesterday’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures, along with last night’s Retail Sales figures are likely to reinforce this negative undertone, although the silver lining for those clients holding AUD is that the poor figures have not yet caused the AUD to slip further against GBP.  GDP figures showed a drop to 0.2% month on month and whilst Retail Sales data showed an improvement from last month’s reading of -0.4%, they still came out under the markets expected result at 0.1%.

It is no real surprise then that the Reserve Bank of Australia continue to hold interest rates at their record lows of 1.5%. This is also causing the AUD to be less attractive to investors, who in years gone by would have looked at Australia’s previously high interest rates as an opportunity for a high yielding return on their funds.

Whilst the current climate is hardly like to inspire longer-term confidence in the Australian economy, things could be set to get wore before they get better.

One of Australia’s largest banks Westpac recently release their economic forecast for the rest of the year, in which they predicted the RBA would cut interest rates again, possibly twice by November. If this scenario comes to fruition, interest rate should fall to new record lows of 1%. This in turn will likely have negative ramifications for the AUD.

Whilst the UK continues to try and find some common ground with the EU in regards to the Irish backstop arrangement, as of yet, no breakthrough has been made. With the second “meaningful vote” fast approaching, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is running out of time to push through the amendments she will need, in order to convince parliament to vote in favour of her Brexit deal.

The markets focus will remain firmly on the UK ahead the current Brexit deadline of March 29th but any breakthrough in talks with the EU and a positive outcome to next week’s vote, is likely to drive investor confidence in the Pound and a move up to and even through 1.90 is certainly a feasible outcome.

If you have an upcoming AUD currency transfer to make, you can contact me directly on 01494 787 478. We can help guide you through this turbulent market and as a company, we have over nineteen years’ experience in helping our clients extract the most from any given market.

Our award winning rates can be accessed very easily over the phone and I can keep you posted with key market developments ahead of any prospective exchange you need to make.

Feel free to email me directly on mtv@currencies.co.uk to find out all the options available to you ahead of your currency transfer.

RBA expected to keep rates on hold, but could GBP/AUD see further gains this week?

Over the past week we’ve seen the GBP/AUD rate hit the headlines after the rate hit an almost 3-year high. With Brexit now just a few weeks away the Pound has defied many expectations and strengthened across the board of major currency pairs with GBP/AUD hitting 1.8732 at its highest point. At the time of writing the pair remain north of 1.87 on another strong start for the Pound so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the current 52-week high of 1.8732 tested again, if not today perhaps later this week.

Sterling has been climbing since the path for Brexit became clearer, and a number of MP’s have suggested they could support the Prime Ministers Brexit deal when the next vote takes place. The next meaningful vote will take place on the 12th of this month and after Theresa May lost the last key vote on this matter by a record margin I expect all eyes to be watching the Pound and the outcome of the vote on the 12th.

This evening UK time the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will announce their next interest rate decision. No changes are expected from the record low of 1.5% but the comments afterwards from the RBA could impact AUD exchange rates so it’s worth being aware of this release as the last time the RBA made some dovish comments and indicated that there could be further cuts we saw the Aussie Dollar sold off.

I expect political updates from the UK especially regarding Brexit to remain the main drivers of currency fluctuations owing to the Brexit being just a few weeks away now.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

AUD Forecast – Will GBP/AUD Rates Reach 1.90 Over the Coming Days? (Matthew Vassallo)

The Pound has seen its value steadily rise against the AUD over the course of the trading week, moving back above 1.87 at the high overnight.

Whilst the AUD has found some support today around the current levels, the long-term outlook for the Australian economy remains dovish to say the least. Westpac, one of Australia’s largest banks has predicted further interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) this year.

With interest rates already set at record lows of 1.5%, any further decreases are likely to add to the growing sense that the Australian economy is set for a period of stagnation.

Add to this the prospect of Brexit talks finally moving yielding some kind of positive outcome, and it’s conceivable to imagine the Pound making further inroads back above 1.90.

Whilst the current outlook may seem more favourable for Sterling, the current optimism is based on Brexit talks actually yielding a positive outcome ahead of the second “meaningful” vote. This is scheduled to take place by March 12th and it will give UK MP’s the chance to vote on any amendments to UK PM Theresa May’s original Brexit withdrawal agreement with the EU.

Should the PM manage to negotiate any amendments, they would almost certainly have to include some type of concessions from the EU regarding the current Irish backstop arrangement. Many of the MP’s who voted against the PM’s initial deal in the House of Commons have stated that this is the key issue that needs to be resolved.  Therefore any softening the EU’s stance on this contentious issue, could bring it with renewed optimism that a deal can be reached by the current deadline of March 29th.

Needless to say any failure on her part to do so, will likely end the chances of a deal being agreed by the end of March and a different approach will have to be adopted. The EU would then have to grant an extension to the current deadline in order to help facilitate further talks, which will hopefully then lead to a positive outcome.

If you have an upcoming GBP or AUD currency transfer to make, you can contact me directly on 01494 787 478. We can help guide you through this turbulent market and as a company we have over nineteen years’ experience, in helping our clients achieve the very best exchange rates on any given market.

Our award winning rates can be accessed very easily over the phone and I can keep you posted with key market developments ahead of any prospective exchange you need to make.

Feel free to email me directly on mtv@currencies.co.uk to find out all the options available to you ahead of your currency transfer.

US/China Trade War and Brexit dictate GBP/AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Progress in US/China talks

Due to Australia’s heavy reliance on China purchasing its goods and services any fall in growth from China has an impact on the Australian economy and in turn the Australian Dollar.

The US/China trade war is a huge concern amongst investors, a trade war between the world’s two largest economies has huge implications. The Trump administration wants China to change its economic strategy, something Chinese President,  Xi Jinping will be reluctant to do. The changes that are being asked for would hit the Chinese economy hard and  long term. It may be the case that the Chinese will try and give very small concessions in  bid to lengthen the trade war and out last Trumps reign. A dangerous game considering the US has threatened to increase tariffs to 25% should their terms not be met. 25% is a huge increase and if China retaliate both economies will suffer not to mention the global impact.

At present, trade talks seem to be progressing well.  When asked about how talks were going yesterday in Beijing, US Treasury Secretary , Steven Mnuchin replied “so far so good.”

If it were not for the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit I think Sterling would be making gains against the Aussie. Although, the pound could lose value as negotiations with Brussels intensify I think the likely outcomes are either an 11th hour deal or an extension, both of which could cause significant Sterling strength. Morgan Stanley recently suggested there was less than a 5% chance of a no deal scenario. The market moves on rumour as well as fact so due to a no deal Brexit being largely factored out of the equation at present, if it were to occur expect  a large drop in the pound as this outcome is definitely going against the grain.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a free trading strategy. During a period of such uncertainty it is important to be in touch with an experienced broker if you wish to maximize your return. We have tools at our disposal to make sure you do not miss out if there is a spike in your favour.
If you already have a currency provider in place. Drop me an email with what you are being offered and I am very confident I will be able to demonstrate a significant saving. It will only take you two minutes and I am sure it will be worth your while. You can trade in safety knowing you are with a Foreign Currency Direct PLC, a firm trading for over 18yrs and FCA registered.If you would like my help feel free to email me at dcj@currencies.co.uk.

AUD Forecast – What are the Current Factors Affecting GBP/AUD Rates? (Matthew Vassallo)

The AUD has seen its value slip against the Pound over the past week, falling back below the key threshold of 1.80.

GBP/EUR rates were trading above 1.82 yesterday and despite the AUD finding some support around this level, it has yet to threaten any significant realignment against the Pound.

As regular readers will know, much of the current market sentiment and ultimately investors risk appetite on GBP/AUD, is being driven by the prospect of a no-deal Brexit with the EU. Whilst the UK government and Brussels are yet to agree upon the final transition, there is still hope that a deal will be in place prior to the deadline of March 29th, the date by which the UK must exit the single bloc.

Whilst Brexit uncertainty has proved a major handicap for the Pound for a prolonged period, it is also likely to have helped to support the AUD, at least to some extent, during a period of deep economic instability for the Australian economy. In fact, due to the major slowdown in global trade, brought about partly because of the escalating trade stand-off between the US & China, the AUD could have expected heavier losses against GBP, than it has experienced up until this juncture.

The AUD, like all commodity-based currencies, relies heavily on a buoyant global market to proper. In years gone by it has always been considered a riskier asset, which in times of global growth can bring about quick returns due to the generally bigger market swings and at one point higher yields due to an attractive interest rate.

Of course, the flip side brings with the potential of heavy losses and with interest rates now at record lows for a prolonged period, the AUD is not as an attractive propositions as it once was for investors.

If the UK and EU to agree upon a Brexit deal over the coming weeks, then the market spike could be favourable for the Pound. I would anticipate that the AUD could see heavy losses in the short-term, with a move back above 1.85 likely and the pliability of a run at 1.90 distinct possibility.

If you do have a GBP or AUD currency exchange to make, it is key to try and minimise your market risk in such an uncertain climate. Here at Foreign Currency Direct plc we can help you guide through this turbulent market, providing key insights and up to date market analysis.

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US China Trade War Intensifies (Daniel Johnson)

AUD losing investor confidence

Australia is heavily reliant on China purchasing its goods and services. Any fall in Chinese growth has a knock on effect on the Australian economy and in turn the Australian Dollar.

The US China trade war is a serious concern for investors and it is pushing them away from riskier commodity based currencies such as the Australian Dollar. The US and China are currently in talks and the Trump administration wants China to make fundamental  changes to its current economic strategy.

If China were to make some of the changes requested it would have serious implications on the Chinese economy. Chinese President, Xi Jinping knows this and it may be the case that he will try to make as little concessions as possible in an attempt to outlast Trump’s reign.

It is a risky game considering the US has threatened to increase tariffs by 25% on $200bn worth of goods. The US has said they will implement the tariffs if the two sides fail to make progress by 1st March.

According to a UN trade agency report Asian countries would be the most effected. The implications of such an increase should not be understated. With two super powers trading blows the effect will be wide reaching and will hit the global economy.

The Australian Dollar could be among the hardest hit until we have a resolution, which could be some way off, AUD will remain fragile.

If it were not for the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit I think we could see some decent gains for Sterling against the Aussie, unfortunately the uncertainty over Brexit is outweighing concerns down under and the Pound continues to be anchored at low buoyancy levels. There are alternative options to May’s deal being put forward, but there is still no firm way forward. May’s intention is to gain concessions from Brussels that will be accepted by parliament. She has already attempted to this in December after delaying the initial vote. May was stone walled by Brussels and European Commission President, Jean Claude Junker has continually stated there will be no concessions made. Many still believe a deal may be struck at the 11th hour, but Brussels have stuck to their guns up until this point. The PM is currently in a worse position than in December following the diminishing probability of a no deal scenario (one of her only sources of ammunition) with Morgan Stanley predicted there is less than a 5% chance of a No deal Brexit.

If you are looking to move GBP – AUD short term aim for the 1.83s.

During such unpredictable times you need an experienced broker on board if you wish to maximise your return. If you have a pending currency transfer let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to assist. There is no obligation to trade by asking for my help, I will provide a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. If you do wish to try our service you can trade in the knowledge we are a no risk entity, as we do not speculate. Foreign Currency Direct PLC has been in business for over 18yrs and we are registered with the FCA. If you already use a provider I can perform a comparison within minutes and I am confident I will demonstrate a considerable saving. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk.

 

 

 

AUD Forecast – Heavy Losses for the AUD Overnight as Interest Rate Hike Looks Extremely Unlikely (Matthew Vassallo)

The Pound has made significant gains against the AUD overnight, gaining almost three cents.

It currently trading at 1.8176, having been marooned below 1.79 during the early part of the trading week.

What’s surprising is that this improvement has come about despite the on-going uncertainty surrounding the UK’s impending Brexit, with talks between the UK and EU once again seemingly at an impasse.

This indicates that last night’s heavy losses for the AUD were linked to a sharp drop in investor confidence in the AUD, rather than any major influx into the Pound.

This means those clients holding GBP and looking to buy AUD have been given a window of opportunity, which equates to an additional 3000 AUD on a 100k GBP/AUD currency exchange.

The reason the AUD lost significant value is likely linked to comments made overnight by the governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Philip Lowe, who indicated that the central bank were unlikely to raise interest rates anytime soon, meaning that they will likely be kept at record lows for the foreseeable future.

The Australian economy was already under pressure due to the current trade standoff between the US and China. With no long-term solution in sight, despite rumours that President Trump will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this month, the outlook for the AUD does not look overly positive.

Australia relies heavily on trade with China and with China’s demand slowing, this will inevitably have a negative impact on the Australian economy and ultimately the AUD.

With a slowdown in global growth also impacting commodity-based currencies such as the AUD, how GBP/AUD rates will evolve over the coming weeks and beyond, will depend much on whether or not the UK can ultimately agree a Brexit deal with the EU.

If the UK fails to do this, then the AUD is likely to be inadvertently boosted by a sell-off of GBP positons.

If you have an upcoming AUD currency transfer to make, you can contact me directly on 01494 787 478. We can help guide you through this turbulent market and as a company we have over eighteen years’ experience, in helping our clients achieve the very best exchange rates on any given market.

Our award winning rates can be accessed very easily over the phone and I can keep you posted with key market developments ahead of any prospective exchange you need to make.

Feel free to email me directly on mtv@currencies.co.uk to find out all the options available to you ahead of your currency transfer.